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I haven't posted on MMORPG in awhile, thought I'd stop by and just say hello, and answer any questions anyone might have.
It's been a busy time at MMO Magic, so I and the other team members have been nose to the grindstone so to speak. I'm sorry that there haven't been a lot of new details released lately, but the truth is that we are at that stage where we have already released most of the information we want to release at this early point of game development.
One thing some people have asked me is 'why did you release any information this early?'. The answer to that is complex and simple, depending on how you look at it. Simply put, CoS doesn't use an existing license. It is a brand new world and concept, not relying on previous stories, books, graphic novels, TV shows or bubble gum wrappers. Because of this we felt it was necessary to let people in on the game earlier than we would normally so that some word could spread about it. In addition, we felt that some heated discussion early on by game players could possibly help in the design. Waiting until we had already gone far down the path would mean it would be more difficult to make changes.
Of course the down side to all this is that we have to show the game in early stages and some people will not understand things like early screenshots not being all spiffy and pretty. You have to take the good with the bad. We just felt it was more important to get the buzz going early, and hear from the game players than it was to worry about people grousing about graphics and when the game will release.
So, to that question... when the game will release...we have no idea; really. How could we? We're revamping and putting ever aspect of an MMO through R&D to make a new kind of game. This means that estimates of completion are ridiculously difficult to make accurately. So, we're not even trying. The game will get finished when the game is fun to play and is solid. When the servers have been tested thoroughly, when you don't have to buy a half finished game and suffer. We won't be having early Beta tests in an unfinished world. When we finally do have a Beta, we will consider the game finished, and use the Beta just to test and see if CoS is truely finished. All this means you will have to be patient. What other choice to you have
What we have done, and will continue to do is be honest with the game public. We even post game development logs on our web site to let people know exactly what is happening on the project, from day one to present.
So… on that note if you have any questions or things you want to discuss or add to or about the game, let us know here on MMORPG, or through the Q&A system on our www.citadelofsorcery.com web site. We try to answer everyone promptly.
Or... just post a question in this thread.